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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 11-16-2013 04:47 PM 1558 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2013 04:47 PM

I am wondering about box wall thickness. I see most folks have a wall thickness of 1/2 inch. Is this for strength, or convenience? Does it depend on the size of the box?

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#1 posted 11-16-2013 04:50 PM

I think of a box as a draw with a lid.

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#2 posted 11-16-2013 05:14 PM

I am novice but I think 1/2 inch walls for a small box does not look right. I made a lidded box approximately 8×8x14 inches 2 years ago from downed red oak. The walls are 5/16’s inch thick. I stood on it to change a smoke detector’s battery. I weighed 250 and did not damage the box.

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 09:34 PM

It’s a matter of balance. ......
Too thick …....... clumsy
Too thin …........ flimsy
Thickish …... sturdy
Thinish …... elegant

It’s a matter of balance and of what “feel” you want to present.
In the end, if it looks “right”, it probably is.

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#4 posted 11-17-2013 01:25 AM

What shipwright said! I usually make my boxes 5/8th because I resaw a 7/8th board to get a piece for the bottom. I think for most of my boxes that works. They look sturdy enough for the joints I use. I usually make boxes with softer wood a little thicker. Just because.

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#5 posted 11-17-2013 01:46 AM

+2 Pauls answer.

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#6 posted 11-17-2013 03:09 AM

thanks folks. What about something like a lap desk?

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#7 posted 11-17-2013 09:46 PM

I make lots of jewelery boxes with cedar using 3/8” stock. Plenty strong for these 12×8” x 2” boxes.

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#8 posted 11-19-2013 03:43 AM

Thanks folks. That answers my question.

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